Ludo Mich/Syed Kamran Ali/Pascal Nichols
The Wet Black Poodle Transforms
Singing Knives No Cat
Aces-up three way live blat that sees Belgian film-maker/artist/sound poet/madman Ludo Mich accompanied by Pascal Nichols of Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides and Syed Kamran Ali of Harappian Night Recordings/The Hunter Gracchus et al: this documents two live shows, one from Sheffield on 18th November and the other from Manchester the next night. Mich is on mind-bending form here, forsaking established ‘sound poetry’ modes for spontaneous body strategies, snores, bursts of song and screams, at points getting into an amazing Patty Waters-esque riff on “black”, at others channelling the ferocious osmotic tongue of Blixa Bargeld circa “Negative Nein”. Ali and Nichols bolster the feel of Industrial ritual with metal tones, tonal skin sounds, weird moments of gamelan drone and sudden explosions of full bore improvisation that give the nod to the kinda volcanic interplay of the Music Improvisation Company or the large scale percussive constructs of Tony Oxley. A fantastic set, packaged in an oversize fold-out concertina style art paper sleeve. Recommended.